Los Olivos

Olive on the Serengeti


Octavio Paz

Glittering of air, it glitters,
noon glitters here
but I see no sun

And from seeming to seeming
all is transparent
but I see no sun.

Lost in transparencies
I move from reflection to blaze
but I see no sun.

The sun also is naked in the light
asking questions of every splendor,
but he sees no sun.

Olive Grove

This is a city park about a mile from my house, Los Olivos, an old olive grove.

Olive Bark

Fortunately, since we’re in the desert, olive trees tolerate drought well, thanks to their sturdy and extensive root system. Olive trees can be exceptionally long-lived, up to several centuries, and can remain productive for as long. The cultivation of the olive began more than 7,000 years ago.

The olive tree made its appearance in the Mediterranean region thousands of years ago and spread to nearby countries from there. Over the years, the olive has been the symbol of peace, wisdom, glory, fertility, power and pureness. Many Greek and Roman writings refer to the olive and its beneficial role. References to the olive are found as much in the Bible (over 30 times) as in the Qur’an. From the Book of Genesis in the Bible, a white dove carrying an olive branch is a sign of peace.



17 thoughts on “Los Olivos

  1. A fine series on the olive tree’s interesting place in history. The beneficial reputation of virgin olive oil is once again being stressed with the Mediterranean diet. Nice shots.


  2. Thanks for the port Candace. Arizona was such a wonderful place, I could feel the freedom, the huge spaces and the friendly people. I would go back for sure…maybe to live in a near future, why not!


  3. A most excellent post, Candace. I love all the info you provided. I wonder if an olive tree would grow here? Probably not, it gets pretty cold in the winters, but we are short on water, so summers would be a breeze! That first shot, Candace, is truly fantastic – great job!


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